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Dr Lucy Woodall's research seeks to explore the mechanisms and processes that drive marine biodiversity and understand the impacts of humans on the marine environment.

Working on deep sea and coastal systems, she has explored many challenges of ecosystem management. Her lab co-designs research with scientists in the countries they work in, to ensure that together they create research that is needed and useable for decision-makers. They use marine expeditions to increase the visibility of the ocean and share its benefits to humankind, as well as support science and policy related activities.

Why is Oxford a good place to work in research related to environmental challenges?

In Oxford there are experts from many different areas. Working together we can explore challenges in new ways and find innovate solutions to try to address them.

What is the biggest environmental challenge facing the planet right now?

The biodiversity crisis is the biggest challenging facing the planet right now across. As humans we often don’t realise how closely our prosperity is tied to our land, fresh water and marine habitats. The rapid and increasing loss of the diversity of living organisms is a consequence of many different things, such as climate change and poor environmental management.

Despite the challenges, are you optimistic about our future?  

When we look at the world we see many negative impacts of human activities on the planet, but this means that we as humans have the power to create positive change. We are innovative, curious and adaptable, so long as we can work together with respect and equity I am optimistic about our future.

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